The county regulates the types and size of signs which are visible from adjoining properties, roads, or rights-of-way. Most signs require a sign permit (PDF).

For sign regulations see the zoning ordinance or contact the Planning department. Also contact Planning to report sign violations.

To view sample illustrations of sign types, sizes, lighting, and placement, see the Zoning Ordinance Illustration Manual (PDF), pages 19-24.

Commercial Signs

There are multiple types of commercial signs, which fall into two broad categories: detached signs and wall signs. The Building Inspector's Office and Planning each require separate permits for signs, which are both submitted to the Building Inspector's Office.

Detached Signs

Detached signs require a separate sign permit application (PDF) for each sign proposed.

Wall signs

Multiple wall signs for a site may be submitted on a single sign permit application (PDF).

Real Estate Signs

Real estate signs include for sale signs located on individual properties and directional signs to properties for sale, open houses, and property showings. A temporary sign permit is typically not required for real estate signs that meet the provisions of the zoning ordinance. However, there are size restrictions for various types of real estate signs.

Street Signs

Contact Planning for size and color requirements for new street signs in new subdivisions. Contact Public Works to report a missing or damaged street name sign.

Temporary Sign Permits

Temporary sign permits (PDF) are available for special events such as promotional, grand openings, or other similar events. These permits are valid for a maximum of 60 days per calendar year, which can be split into four periods. The size of the sign is determined by the zoning of the property. 

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